One of the MHSA Essential Elements is Community Collaboration.
Collaboration is critical to the success and outcome of Regional
Partnerships. As the Regional Partnership develops it is
recommended to form some type of leadership structure or Steering
Committee that helps support the work in the community. There is
no requirement in the guidelines to do so, however, based on the
experiences of the Collaborative, this may be a useful way for
the Regional Partnership to add to the county mental health
perspective to include other partners: education, consumers,
family members, etc
Depending on the region’s individual needs, a Steering Committee
can be made up of individuals who can help guide the direction of
the Regional Partnership. Likely members will be county mental
health directors, contracted providers, representatives from
local educational institutions, consumers, family members, human
resources and training staff. The size and complexity of each
region will determine the makeup of the Steering Committee. As
the group becomes more formalized, consider developing a mission
statement that clearly defines your purpose.
As an example, the Collaborative’s Steering Committee consists
of individuals from the following groups and
organizations: Mental health director (chair, appointed by
the Greater Bay Area mental health directors); consumer manager;
county WET staff; director/ professor from local graduate
program; foundation staff; vocational services staff; CASRA;
community college instructor; high school principal (mental
health academy); and DMH.
From the Collaborative’s experience, the Steering Committee has
been helpful in the following ways:
Assisting in developing/ratifying workplans.
Bringing different perspectives to the group, including
consumers and family members.
Serving as ambassadors of the Collaborative to the greater
Providing expertise in specific mental health workforce
Serving as an advisory group for the Coordinator.
In the Resources section are the following documents from the